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The Atlas of the North

Part 2 Project 2021
Maisie Tudge
Mackintosh School of Architecture | UK
Through the anthropomorphization of architecture, we have given buildings life. They have bones and a skin that breathes, they hold senses and memory. Following circulation systems lands inhabitants at a building’s centre; it’s heart. Considering this sentiment, a building as a living entity, this thesis also adheres to Jane Jacob’s adage that ‘buildings must die’. Sparked by the mass demolition Glasgow has faced since the 1960’s Comprehensive Development Plan, the means to a buildings end must be questioned.

This thesis will act as a memento mori for the built fabric of our environment. Immortalising the lost and forgotten histories of Glasgow’s former industrial centres through a memorial; acting as both monument and museum. In a bid to promote the salvation of these ruins the project will culminate in the restoration of the Springburn Winter Gardens. Where the historic built form will become the epicentre for hope for the future, and its proposed antonym neighbour will reflect on the loss of the past; doing so through the collation of salvaged materials from local demolition sites. As the project takes on the ethos of circular economy, the living metaphor is extended – prolonging the material lifecycle from cradle to grave – to cradle to cradle.

Maisie Tudge

Graeme Massie
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